Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Nigeria: FG to provide 30 million school children with a litre of milk a day

To tackle the problem of malnutrition among Nigerian children, the Federal Government plans to provide a litre of milk a day to the 30,000,000 children in secondary and primary schools under the school feeding programme.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe disclosed this in a meeting he held with a team from FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC in Abuja on Monday December 7, 2015.

He quoted the UNESCO statistics that said 24 percent of Nigerian Children under the age of five are under weight while 37 percent are under nourished and declared that the Federal Government will tackle the problem of malnutrition which adversely affects the intelligence quotient of children.

To address the problem, Chief Ogbe said the Federal Government will next year embark on a programme to develop massive grazing grounds for cattle to bring roaming and its attendant problem to an end.

He added that the grazing grounds will not only improve the quantity and quality of beef and milk produced in the country, they will also make cattle rearers more sedentary.

Speaking further on the quality of cows reared in the Nigeria, Chief Ogbe said that the ministry will partner with some universities abroad and in Nigeria to establish an artificial insemination programme in 200 centres in the country.

If our government can follow through on this project, it will definitely make many children happy and healthier. Also, if herdsmen get grazing grounds, farmers will no longer have to deal with damaged crops caused by grazing herds; which could bring long-lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen.

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